Launch of World Retail Congress 2013

parisThe World Retail Congress 2013, taking place from 7 – 9 October in Paris at CNIT – La Défense, officially launched this April, with an exclusive gathering of more than 100 senior retail executives from across Europe.  The WRC is also delighted to confirm that Georges Plassat, CEO of Carrefour will address the 2013 Congress as keynote speaker. 

The 2013 World Retail Congress is your chance to engage with and learn from those steering the world’s leading retail businesses. Recognised as the pre-eminent meeting place in the retail calendar, over the last six years the Congress has brought together over 6,200 of the industry’s most influential business leaders and decision makers to challenge current thinking, unveil the latest innovations and shape the direction of retail.

2013 sees the Congress move to Paris – one of the world’s most iconic shopping destinations – and looks set to welcome a record number of attendees to the capital. Across the programme of business critical sessions, over 150 of the industry’s most thought provoking, dynamic and inspirational speakers will share their visionary strategies and insights.

The Congress has already confirmed a prestigious list of speakers across the three-day event and as well as Georges Plassat, is delighted to confirm other speakers including:

  • Robert Hanson, Chief Executive, American Eagle
  • Marcello Pace, Retail President, Bata Emerging Markets
  • Jacques-Antoine Granjon, Chief Executive, Vente Privee
  • Terry O’Connor, Chief Executive, Court’s Asia Ltd
  • Mr Mao, Founder, EXCEPTION and Fangsuo Commune
  • Rajiv Malik, Managing Director, Gap International Sourcing and India Retail Development, Gap Inc.
  • Simon Calver, CEO, Mothercare
  • Serge Papin, Chief Executive, Système U

About World Retail Congress

The World Retail Congress, part of i2i Events Group portfolio,  was launched in 2007, to be a platform for senior retail executives to meet and discuss the most important topics affecting retailers across the world. It has been held in Barcelona (2007-9), Berlin (2010-11) and London (2012) and is attended by up to 1,000 industry leaders from more than 60 countries. The programme is developed in conjunction with the Congress Advisory Board which represents retailers such as Gap, Kingfisher, Macys, Reliance Lifestyle, Myer, Alshaya, Netto, Inditex and Tesco.

The co-sponsors of the 2013 World Retail Congress are Deloitte and Mastercard.

About i2i Events Group

i2i Events Group delivers world-class exhibitions and large scale events in key sectors including home and gift, fashion, retail, healthcare, energy, environment, education, technology and media. Its portfolio of world-wide events includes World Retail Congress, Bett, Spring Fair, RWM, CWIEME, BVE and Pure London. It prides itself on opening up possibilities for its customers and each year brings more than 250,000 decision makers together to network, source, test, buy and sell brilliant products, services, ideas and solutions. The company is headed up by Mark Shashoua who joined EMAP as Group MD of EMAP Connect in November 2011 and became CEO of i2i Events Group in March 2012. i2i Events Group is powered by Top Right Group, formerly known as Emap International Ltd.



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